Bhubaneswar: International Chess player Debashis Das has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Award for 2012. Jury members of the Ekalabya Award Committee were unanimous in selecting Das for the award, which carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh along with citation.
Instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of IMFA Group – the leading integrated Ferro Alloys Producer in the Country, in 1993.
Besides Das, Well known athlete Shrabani Nanda and weight-lifter Pramila Krisani would receive the runners up prizes for remarkable performances in various national and international championships in their respective fields. Both would receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each along with citations. The awards will be conferred at a function, the date of which will be announced later.
The award is given every year to young sports persons in Odisha in recognition of their outstanding performance in the preceeding two years.
Das has a brilliant national and international track record. He has won a bronze medal at the World Youth Championship held in Caldas Novas (Brazil) in November 2010 and has won a gold medal as the member of the gold winning team at the World Youth (Under-18) World Chess Championship 2010 in Beijing.
Shrabani had won bronze medal in the in the 4×100 meters relay at the 9th Commonwealth Games in October 2010 in New Delhi. Pramila had bagged the silver medal in 53 kg category at the 13th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship in September 2011 in Thailand.
Source: 360 NS